I have been asked a question: Where should I start with Ian Dury albums? Well, it depends. If you lean towards a more punkish/ pub rock sound, Dury's first album, "New Boots and Panties!", is the way to go. It's closest in comparison to the first album by The Stranglers (They were close friends with Dury; somewhere on youtube is a bootleg of Dury singing the Stranglers song "Peaches" with the band in honor of leader Hugh Cornwell. I think it was his birthday). On the other hand, if you prefer a more commerical sound, go with his second album, "Do It Yourself". It is more of a pub rock/ disco/ pop fusion, although the music is merely the background for Dury's lyrics, which are always the main focus.
Hope that answers your question Randy.